- Player Name
- Jarrod Skalde
- 1991 - Present
Inducted January 2013
Jarrod Skalde was born on February 26, 1971 in Niagara Falls Ontario, and was soon seen as an asset in the hockey world. Skalde started his hockey career in 1990 with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. He was able to taste his first victory by winning the Memorial Cup on May 13, 1990 in front of 17,383 spectators in Copps Coliseum against the Kitchener Rangers in a score of 4-3.
As a hockey player, Skalde was part of six different hockey leagues, and part of 25 teams throughout his career. Skalde was first drafted by the New Jersey Devils, in the 1989 NHL draft. He continued to be a part of various leagues such as the OHL, NHL, IHL, AHL, SEL (Swiss Elite League) and the Austrian EBEL (Erste Bank Eishockey Liga). Over the years, Skalde was part of multiple teams, however, the team he returned to three times was the Utah Grizzlies of the IHL. With the Grizzlies, Skalde was the recipient of the Grizzlies Community Man of the Year Award. When asked by coaches or teammates, Skalde was described as a great team mate who could play any position. He was known for being a leader as well as a threat on the ice to the opposition.
A highlight of his career was the winning goal scored in 2:56 minutes of overtime for Anaheim, beating Curtis Joseph in front of 17,000 fans to down the St. Louis Blues 2-1. Skalde retired from the game of hockey with 301 goals, 507 assists and 1,023 games. He then decided to get into the world of coaching and was offered the Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach position for the Prairie Thunder. In August 2010, after two seasons, Skalde stepped down as Director and Head Coach of Bloomington to take over the position of Head Coach in Cincinnati with the Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League.
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